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Navigating ASME B31

Any specifying engineer involved in the design of pressure piping systems should, at a minimum, be familiar with ASME B31: Code for Pressure Piping.

When designing a pressure piping system, it is typical for the specifying engineer to indicate that system piping shall comply with a section, or sections, of ASME B31 Code for Pressure Piping. How does the engineer properly follow code requirements when designing a piping system? 

To start, an engineer must determine which design code should be selected. For pressure piping systems, this is not necessarily limited to ASME B31. Other codes published by ASME, ANSI,NFPA, or other jurisdictional organizations may govern depending on the project location, application, etc. Within ASME B31 there are currently seven active individual sections.

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